What’s Been Happening in the Junior School – 31.03.17


Individual Winners

Year 6 – Alexander El-Jouzi (184)

Year 5 – Dylan Cape (37)

Year 4 – Sam Greenhalgh (57)

Year 3 – Sammy Sutcliffe (22)


(Pupil Average)

Derby – 40

Howlett – 35

Kay – 28

Hulme – 24

Boys of the Week:


Congratulations to the following boys who received Boy of the Week this week:

Year 3 Gold – Harry Greenwood, for determination in his maths.

Year 3 Orange – Sebastian Gray, for his amazing ideas in poetry.

Year 4 Royal – Aditya Roy, for outstanding maths work including using inverse operations and division.

Year 4 Navy – Luke Houston, for making an excellent effort to improve handwriting.

Year 5 Emerald – Jai Kohli, for a creative and imaginative approach to creative writing.

Year 5 Jade – Ewan Greenhalgh, for excellent effort across all subjects to improve handwriting.

Year 6 Burgundy – Max Collins, for an excellent report writing in his assessment.

Year 6 Scarlet – Frank Lowery, for presenting all his work in neat and mature way.


On Monday the Under Eight and Under Nine football teams took on their counterparts from Manchester Grammar School on a glorious afternoon on the 3G pitch. With a total of four matches being played, every boy in the two year groups represented their school with passion and enthusiasm. Whilst the results didn’t necessarily go our way, the boys fully enjoyed their time out on the pitch.

The Under Eleven team were also in action on Monday after school, as they played their Bury Schools’ League quarter-final against St. Mary’s, Radcliffe. In a tight game the boys ran out 2-1 winners as goals from Stanley Kearns and Captain Thomas Dalziel sealed the result. The boys move on to their semi-final against Holcombe Brook after the Easter Break.

Wednesday saw the annual House Swimming Gala take place, with all four houses vying to be top dog in the pool. Derby ultimately won the overall competition, but there were strong performances from each house with Xaunming Guo and Will Foster setting new school records.

After school on Wednesday the cross country team travelled to the Market Street Track in the town centre to take part in the last leg of the Bury Junior Schools’ Cross Country competition. A fine performance from the team of Joshua Jennings, Jacob Corrie, Thomas Dalziel and Alexander El-Jouzi saw the boys claim an impressive third place finish in the relay event.

Burgundy Assembly – The Tragedy of Macbeth

In recent weeks Year 6 (Exitus) have been researching ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, writing diary entries and obituaries for some of the main characters.

In the backstage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its title aloud, referring to it instead as “The Scottish Play”. Over the course of many centuries, the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comics, and other media.

Last Friday, Burgundy performed their assembly based upon the life of William Shakespeare, recounting his life and his influence upon our society. Even small children in Year 3 can enjoy Gnomeo & Juliet is a 2011 British-American 3D computer-animated fantasy romantic comedy family film loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.


All the world’s a stage

And all the men and women are merely players;

They have their exits and their entrance;

And one man in his time plays many parts…

(As You like It, Act II, Scene VII)


So, next time you hear the word ‘Shakespeare’, give the man some credit and don’t groan in despair! Think of his gift for using the English language but above all, think of his ability to entertain a packed theatre, or even an assembly.

Year 5 Easter Term News

Trip to MOSI

On Thursday 9th March Year 5 went on a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). When we got there we had to wait, because it was not open yet. Before we had a look around, we went and put our things in a locker. We went in a room where we learnt about Graphene. We watched the Revolution Show, which showed events from Manchester’s past. After watching the Revolution Show we had a look at Baby, which is the first programmable computer, and at a plane called the Avro. We went in a classroom and had to work out who had made the explosion and the person who did it was Brian the Cow – he used methane! We went into the Experiment Room where we were allowed to do any experiment we wanted. Here are the results of one of them: the foam and the rubber balls bounced the highest. We then watched the cotton spinning machines working, and the very last thing we did is we went to the Power Hall and then we went back to school.  

Here are some interesting facts that I learnt:

  • Thanks to X-ray crystallography, scientists have been able to study the atomic structure of crystals.
  • Graphene is used to make smart phones. Graphene is a good conductor and it is the world’s smallest and strongest material.
  • Before 1800 metal work was done by hand.
  • Most electronics now are faster than Baby, which is an old fashioned computer.
  • Alliott Verdon Roe developed the type F of the Avro.
  • Did you know that people threw vegetables at trains when they were first invented? This was because they were frightened of them.

Of course, I really enjoyed the trip to MOSI.


– By Newsletter Club reporter Charlie Griggs (Year 5 Emerald)

Practical Science

In Jade Year 5 we tried to tackle the  burning question on every teachers mind: How do I keep my cup of tea warm while on playground duty? We carried out a comparative test trying to find the best thermal insulator for our cups. Although there were spills and breakages, the boys understood that some of the best science happens when we make mistakes or the experiment  doesn’t go to plan. Look out for the patented Jade cotton/tinfoil/bubble wrap cup cosy hitting the shops soon!

Emerald have also been busy in science, solving an important problem for the developing world – how to get clean water from dirty? Though a four step process of decanting, sieving, filtering and evaporating, the boys ended up separating the sand and mud from the pure water and in doing so learnt about mixtures and solutions. Problem solved!

Year 4 Medal Success

Congratulations are in order to three of our Year 4 boys who have recently won medals – each for varied and contrasting achievements that demonstrate a real range of talent in the year group.

Aditya Roy – for 2nd place in Piano the Rochdale Youth Performing Arts Festival

Rocco Goosen – for participating in the Vale of Lune Rugby Festival

Awais Akhtar – for taking a sliver medal in fencing.

In addition, it was fantastic to hear from Sam Greenhalgh who wrote a brilliant letter to the author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, and got a personal written reply – he even suggested that he and Sam collaborate on his next feature film!

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